Meet The Mountain Doula
Hi! I'm Sarah Washington. I am passionate about supporting and encouraging women, especially in pregnancy, labor and motherhood. I am a labor doula as well as a postpartum and infant care doula. I chose to train as a doula because this is where my passions and my personality meet. I love working with people one on one, and being a friend, ally, and A resource.
I live in the Sacramento Mountains and serve the Alamogordo, Ruidoso, and Artesia Area as well as Holloman AFB. I am a New Mexico native, and I truly love the people and the natural beauty of this unique state. It has been my delight to serve and live in a mountain community.
Doula - (Greek origin) a woman who serves.
Why choose a doula?
Doulas are a source of constant support through the pregnancy, labor, and the newborn stage. A doula is there to support the birthing families in their wishes and desires for birth and parenting. A doula does not replace the partner, but rather compliments them and allows the partner to rest when needed, and understand how to better support the mother. Studies show that doulas increase the chance of a shorter labor, spontaneous vaginal birth, a more positive birth experience, and more successful breastfeeding.
Are doula's just for natural birth?
No. Doulas support all range of births; cesarean, induced, with the use of pain medications, in hospitals, with obstetricians, as well as those who pursue midwives, birth centers, un-medicated, and spontaneous births.
Are doulas like midwives or nurses?
No. Doulas are not medical professionals. Here at The Mountain Doula, I will always refer you to a medical professional for medical advice and medical questions. But doulas are a part of the birth team, and enhance communication between the mother, partner, and the medical staff. A doulas main job is to support the birthing families desires, and encourage them through that process.